GREG_MOORE.pngToday, I submitted my Nomination Papers to seek Re-Election as Mayor of Port Coquitlam.

Over the past six years as Mayor of my hometown, I have been honoured to lead our community with passion, commitment and a yearning to make PoCo the best place to live, work, and play. I am proud of my many accomplishments over these years, including the creation of a more inclusive, transparent, and fiscally responsible local government. The City of Port Coquitlam was the only City in recent memory that decreased the Property Taxes. We accomplished this through hard work and a close review of all expenditures to find efficiencies. And we aren’t finished the task—we continue to look for best practices and to find productivities to make Port Coquitlam an affordable City where families can live.

Under my leadership, the City is reaching out in new ways to engage our residents and businesses. We have enhanced our community meetings with online engagement, through social media, and with email and online surveys. These have opened up our City to thousands of people who otherwise would not have the ability to be part of our Council Meetings. Our peers at the Union of BC Municipalities have recognized the City of Port Coquitlam by awarding it the Community Excellence Awards for using its website to engage and communicate, and an Honourable Mention for using social media to connect with citizens.

Over these past six years, we worked extremely hard make this community safe and inclusive. In fact, Port Coquitlam has one of the lowest crime rates in Metro Vancouver. We added six new fire fighters last year, and introduced a new medic truck, which improved response times.

These are some of the reasons why Money Sense Magazine named Port Coquitlam the 3rd Most Livable City in BC in 2013.

There is much work still to do and I am excited about the direction our community is moving in. We need to continue to look hard at our budget; to find ways to improve transportation and transit including direct connections to the Evergreen Line in 2016; and to consider the re-development of the PoCo Recreation Complex—all vital projects that will transform our community for the people who live and work here.

I look forward to continuing to lead this community. With your support, we can make Port Coquitlam even better.

 


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Port Coquitlam Mayor Moore is a driving force for better transit

There are very few times in politics when you will see a well-choreographed consensus emerge from a group of disparate politicians, each with a separate constituency, each with a different take on a contentious topic – like, say, transportation in Metro Vancouver.

Yet at the June 12 meeting of the Mayors’ Council on Regional, all but one of the 23 local leaders made a short and supportive statement in favour of the vision and investments that its subcommittee had spent the last 12 weeks strenuously assembling.

It was a masterful herding of the cats. And even the lone stray, the mayor of Burnaby, had only a few weak reasons to position himself in opposition.

The need to get something on the minister’s desk by the middle of June may have achieved a consensus that might not otherwise have been possible. It certainly united every municipality in the region even if there were disagreements along the way. The result was something that more cynical critics could hardly believe was possible: leadership, co-operation, compromise and unity.

Greg Moore, the mayor of Port Coquitlam, who chaired the subcommittee, had proved to be the most effective regional leader since Gordon Campbell and George Puil. Only balder and nicer.

“I’ve been kind of a loudmouth on this issue,” said Moore in an interview at the beginning of May. “I’ve said to my colleagues: ‘We have to take charge of this; just give us the responsibility and we’ll pull it together.’ And part of my goal was to show the TransLink staff, the appointed board and the public that we were in charge.”

“I’ve been kind of a loudmouth on this issue,” said Moore in an interview at the beginning of May. “I’ve said to my colleagues: ‘We have to take charge of this; just give us the responsibility and we’ll pull it together.’ And part of my goal was to show the TransLink staff, the appointed board and the public that we were in charge.”

I asked him what he thought success would look like if they could deliver what the minister of transportation had asked for: a vision, a list of investments and a way to pay.

Success, he said, would be a plan that addresses the Regional Growth Strategy, the City of Vancouver’s Transport 2040 plan and local government contributions, presented in a nice package to the minister, with unanimous support.

And that’s pretty much what he got.

Moore is an intriguing combination of politician and planner. As an urban geographer and planner, he spent a decade on staff at Port Coquitlam city hall before becoming a councillor, then the mayor, then chair of Metro Vancouver.

The planner in Moore has, by pulling together staff and politicians to work in a way that rarely happens, tabled a cohesive plan. As politician, he has found a consensus among regional leaders, with most of the strength in the suburbs.

The proposal has something for everyone, he affirms, “to really make a transit-oriented region. It’s a fork in the road: transit or roads. Transit is what everyone is talking and agreed to in the strategy.” And that’s what the investments reflect.

Yes, $7.5 billion – the amount for the total package – is a big number. But as Moore said, “If it fails, the default is roads and bridges” – and we’ve already committed $3.3 billion on the Port Mann and related works, with another $2 billion likely the minimum for the Massey Bridge and Highway 99. So already we’re at two-thirds of what a decade’s worth of transit and regional roads would cost – for just two bridges.

Antitax critics are criticizing the package as too ambitious, but what they’re really arguing is that half the province’s population should be satisfied with a second-rate transit system and a region unable to address the challenges of the next million people.

Moore’s thoughts on what happens next: “The first decision for the minister is whether he agrees with the report, its assumptions, funding and issues.

“If they disagree, what do they do? Give it back, or be prescriptive?

“If they agree, then I say, ‘Work with us to formulate a referendum question and date.’ They’ll have 21 cheerleaders saying to their citizens, ‘Vote in favour!’ If they rip it apart, then they’ll have 21 mayors who are your worst enemies, and it will fail.

“It’s critical that [the premier] wants it to win. We’ve had premiers say that it’s up to the citizens, but that’s not wise. If you care about provincial and national economy, you’ll be a big champion.”

So we’ve got a choice, and so does the premier. If she unites with the mayors and supports the referendum and it wins, then the credit is hers too.

If, however, the premier’s agenda is really to frustrate Metro Vancouver’s ability to raise revenue and to discard the vision of a transit-oriented region, then the regional unity that has been created as a result of the process she demanded could well turn against her.


 

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